Entry and information forms for 2016-2017 are available.
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VFW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
At the turn of the 20th century, the founders of the Veterans of Foreign Wars created an organization that would honor and serve veterans and perpetuate the values and ideals for which those veterans had served. Although men of vision, it is doubtful they could imagine the millions of Americans impacted today by the VFW’s youth, scholarship and recognition programs. Every year, tens of thousands of students nationwide participate in the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition and the Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest, garnering more than $3.2 million in scholarships, awards, and incentives.
Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest
Patriot’s Pen gives 6th, 7th and 8th grade students the opportunity to express their opinion on a patriotic theme and improve their writing skills, while they compete for awards and prizes. Cumulatively, the awards provided from all levels of the competition are around $1.2 million each year. Each first place Department (state) winner competes for $46,000 in award money at the national level with the first place winner receiving $5,000 and a trip to Washington, DC in March.
Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) started the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition in 1946. The Veterans of Foreign Wars became a national sponsor in the late 1950s and assumed sole responsibility for the program in 1961. Many notables have participated in the Voice of Democracy including journalist Charles Kuralt, Miss America Anita Bryant and former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. The Voice of Democracy competition provides high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to write and record an audio essay on a patriotic theme, competing for more than $2 million in college scholarships and incentives. Each first place Department (state) winner is brought to Washington, D.C. in March to enjoy our nation’s capital and compete for $152,000 in national college scholarships — first place receiving $30,000.
The deadlines for both Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen are as follows:
- Midnight, November 1, Entries to the Post*
- November 20,2015 Entries received at your District
- December 14, Entries received at Department
- December 15, Completion of Department judging
- January 15, District participation reports to Department Chairmen**
- January 15, Department winners to National*
- January 31, Department reports to National*
Post entries are required to include the following:
Patriot’s Pen: Typed essay in English of 300-400 words (no graphics) and a student entry form completed legibly. All words must be counted.
Voice of Democracy: Typed essay, a standard cassette tape or audio CD of the recorded essay (3-5 minutes, +/- 5 seconds), and a student entry form completed legibly. Please refer to the student Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen entry forms to review the complete rules and guidelines.